Have you heard of Cheriyal Art?
If you were alive in the seventeenth century and wanted to leave a message for future generations, but you couldn’t write, how would you do it? Through Nakashi art! This intriguing art form originated from the Cheriyal village sitting on the edge of the lush Warangal district. Later, when the Nakashis moved to the Cheriyal village, the name of the village became synonymous with the art form. Hence Nakashi and Cheriyal art are interchangeable terms.
History of this Art
Nakashi Art comes in a scroll of figures that appear to be painting on cloth. The art form dates back to 1625 when it emerged as a way to preserve a family’s history, in a time when very few people knew how to write. These pictures spoke a thousand words, and the scrolls, if well-preserved, remained intact for over 300 years. This ability to tell a story on a scroll was mastered by the Nakashi caste, after whom this unique art was named.